If an emergency were to occur, who would you call?
If there were suspicious behavior occurring, what would you do? Who would you contact?
If there were damaged equipment that made your workplace unsafe, who would you contact?
If there were risks to you safety, what would you do? Is there a clear chain of command for reporting risks?
Most likely there is a fire evacuation map located somewhere prominent in your place of work. There should also be a list of people to call in case of an emergency; this list should be posted somewhere easily seen, and this list should be clear as to whom to contact under various emergency circumstances. A solid emergency notification list might include:
- Local Police
- Local Sheriff
- Local Fire & EMS
- Nearest ER
- Energy/Electricity Supplier
- Natural Gas Supplier
- Water Supplier
- Department Head/Supervisor
These are the basics and starting points for a solid emergency notification list. Different industries will need to add other contacts like OSHA, EPA, District Principal, School Principal, maintenance, etc.
If your place of work doesn't have a list like this, speak up and ask for one. It's important!